'''William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers''' (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an United States|American cowboy
performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator, and stage and motion picture actor.
Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son",
Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation (19th century)|Cherokee Nation
family in Indian Territory
(now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 Cinema of the United States|movies
(50 silent film
s and 21 "talkies"),
and wrote more than 4,000 print syndication|nationally syndicated
By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of his time, and was the highest paid Classical Hollywood cinema|Hollywood movie star
. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post
, when their small airplane...